Democratic Party Platform Committee unanimously approves freedom to marry plank

On Saturday in Detroit, the Democratic Party Platform Committee voted unanimously to approve a plank supporting the freedom to marry in the Democratic Party's official national platform. Now, the platform will be reviewed at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC in September, where it is expected to be ratified.

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Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee releases language of pro-marriage plank

Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee announced that the draft of the official party platform included language supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and calling for the repeal of the anti-gay so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Today, the language of these LGBT-supportive planks were released.

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Congressmen Thompson, Barber and Reyes cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act

Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) joined recent sponsors Ron Barber (D-AZ) and Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) as cosponsors for the Respect for Marriage Act last week. The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act's legislation that currently prohibits federal recognition of marriages between same-sex couples, continues to gain support from elected officials - specifically Democrats.

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New poll shows strong support for the freedom to marry among Democrats

A new poll from the Pew Research Center demonstrates huge majority support for the freedom to marry. Almost two-thirds of Democrats surveyed in the nationwide poll said they favor legal marriage for same-sex couples, and only 29 percent said they are opposed.

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Draft of Democratic Party platform includes plank supporting the freedom to marry

Last night, the Democratic Party platform drafting committee approved a number of pro-LGBT stances for the first draft of the party platform, including a plank supporting the freedom to marry. The decision comes after Freedom to Marry testified before the Platform Drafting Committee and after months of our 'Democrats: Say I Do' campaign.

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Freedom to Marry and military couple testify to Democratic Party on why marriage matters

Today in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director Marc Solomon testified before the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee on the importance of marriage for same-sex couples. Tomorrow, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, and her wife, Karen, will share their own testimony, explaining the ways in which the so-called Defense of Marriage Act harms them and other same-sex couples.

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DNC Chair ‘expects’ a freedom to marry plank in Democratic Party platform

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, spoke out this week about her support for the freedom to marry. She also said that she expects the party to include a plank supporting marriage for same-sex couples at the Democratic National Convention.

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How red and purple states are growing in support for the freedom to marry

Last week, the Democratic Party in Kentucky's largest county approved a resolution to encourage the state's delegates to the national convention to support the addition of a "freedom to marry" plank in the official Democratic party platform. It's the latest move in the recent surge of traditionally conservative states growing their support for the freedom to marry.

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Montana Senator Max Baucus applauds state Democrats’ freedom to marry plank

Last week, the Montana Democratic Party approved a freedom to marry plank in the official party platform. Now, MT Senator Max Baucus, who voted to approve the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, is applauding the decision.

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Four new state Democratic Party platforms endorse the freedom to marry

In the past week, the state Democratic Party organizations in Pennsylvania, Montana, Texas and Wisconsin have modified their official platforms to include a plank calling for the freedom to marry.

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